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Top 100 Fantasy Books meme



So repost and embolden the ones you've read. If you've only read one or some of the books in a series, use italics rather than bold. Feel free to comment.

Finally, if there is a fantasy book (fantasy, not SF) which you think should be in the list, name it and justify your opinion.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Steven Erikson
3. The Liveship Traders, Robin Hobb
4. Earthsea Saga, Ursula le Guin
5. A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
6. Tigana, Guy Gavriel Kay
7. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke
8. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
9. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
10. Ten Thousand, Paul Kearney
11. The Duncton Chronicles, William Horwood
12. Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan
13. Dark Elf Trilogy, R.A. Salvatore
14. The Inheritance Trilogy, N.K. Jemisin
15. The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling
16. The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell
17. The Wardstone Chronicles, Joseph Delaney
18. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen Donaldson
19. The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon
20. The Kingkiller Chronicle, Patrick Rothfuss
21. The Once and Future King, T.H. White
22. Nation, Terry Pratchett
23. The Iron Man, Ted Hughes
24. The Prophecy Keepers, Melaine Bryant
25. Heroes of the Valley, Jonathan Stroud
26. The Tawny Man, Robin Hobb
27. Watership Down, Richard Adams
28. Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
29. Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan
30. Hyddenworld: Spring, William Horwood
31. The Moon and the Sun, Vonda McIntyre
32. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
33. Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay
34. The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Jonathan Stroud
35. Riftwar Saga, Raymond E Feist
36. The Edge Chronicles, Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
37. War Horse, Michael Morpurgo
38. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L Engle
39. The Gormenghast Trilogy, Mervyn Peake
40. Dracula, Bram Stoker
41. Skallagrigg, William Horwood
42. The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black
43. The Dragonsdome Chronicles, Lucinda Hare
44. Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, Karen Miller
45. Young Samurai, Chris Bradford
46. Blood of Elves, Andrzej Sapkowski
47. The Ascendants of Estorea, James Barclay
48. X-Isle, Steve Augarde
49. Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, Robert Shearman
50. Wyrmeweald, Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell
51. Chronicles of the Black Company, Glen Cook
52. The Chrestomanci Series, Diana Wynne Jones
53. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
54. The Last Unicorn, Peter S Beagle
55. The Anubis Gates, Tim Powers
56. Ravensoul, James Barclay
57. The Farseer Trilogy, Robin Hobb
58. His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman
59. Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Michelle Paver
60. The Story of Cirrus Flux, Matthew Skelton
61. The Death Defying Pepper Roux, Geraldine McCaughrean
62. Palimpsest, Catherynne M Valente
63. Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine
64. Obernetwyn Chronicles, Isobelle Carmody
65. The Radleys, Matt Haig
66. The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
67. Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer
68. Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone, Greg Keyes
69. Southern Vampire series, Charlaine Harris
70. Kushiel's Legacy, Jacqueline Carey
71. Treason's Heir, Jacqueline Carey
72. The Ice Crown, Sean Beech
73. Endymion Spring, Matthew Skelton
74. The Little Prince, Antoin de Saint Exupery
75. The Soldier Son Trilogy, Robin Hobb
76. Life of Pi, Yann Martel
77. The Galaxy Boys and the Sphere, Andrew Steele
78. Return to Allapatria, Shelley E Parker
79. Shadow Forest, Matt Haig
80. The Runaway Troll, Matt Haig
81. The Midnight Charter, David Whitley
82. Two Pearls of Wisdom, Alison Goodman
83. Magyk, Angie Sage
84. The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford
85. The House of the Stag, Kage Baker
86. Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth, Chris Priestley
87. Before the Gods, K.S. Turner
88. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
89. The Dresden Files, Jim Butcher
90. The Tamuli, David Eddings
91. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Michael Scott
92. Kensuke's Kingdom, Michael Morpurgo
93. Who is Charlie Keeper, Marcus Alexander
94. The Black Magician Trilogy, Trudi Canavan
95. Fallen, Lauren Kate
96. Trojan War Trilogy, David Gemmell
97. Mercy Thompson, Patricia Briggs
98. The Children of the Lost, David Whitley
99. The Lions of Al-Rassan, Guy Gavriel Kay
100. Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll


What’s missing? I’ll start us off with Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth as the most obvious discrepancies. Joe Abercrombie’s Book of the First Law deserves a place, and I wonder who Michael Moorcock offended to warrant not getting a single work in the top 100.

I keep reading really good things about Erikson’s ‘Malazan Book of the Fallen’. Anyone read them? We own the first one. I’m tempted to make it my next book.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 27th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
I read the first few Malazon books, and there were moments when I was almost grabbed by it, but I just got tired in the end. It's very epic, about races rather than characters, and I prefer sometimes rather more rooted in individuals who I can become fond of. I only cared even the tiniest bit about a very few of the many characters, and when he killed them off, I lost interest. Which is not to say you wouldn't like it, of course, just that it didn't suit me. (Or Pellinor. He has different tastes for me, being much less focused on characters and emotions, but he also got bored after a few books, as more and more ancient races were revealed.) Actually, I'm fairly sure I brought the first 4 or 5 books along to Swapfrag, so that might be where you got the first book from.
Aug. 27th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
Ah it was you. I think we had a complete set (or the first x books at least) and a duplicate first volume. We kept the first one and flogged the others on eBay for charity.
Aug. 27th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Ah, bless you, a book meme :-)
Aug. 27th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I thought it had been a few hours since the last one!
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